Man Shoots Foot With Rifle While Aiming For Squirrel On Leg

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File photo of a squirrel on a man's leg. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

File photo of a squirrel on a man’s leg. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

MONROE, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — A local man shot himself in his left foot with a rifle while trying to rid himself of a squirrel that crawled onto his leg.

Sheriff Diana Simpson of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office told CBS Seattle that on Nov. 23, 36-year-old Ethan Bennett was sitting outside of his Monroe home when the rodent scurried onto his left leg.

“Basically he was trying to shoot a squirrel and shot himself in the foot instead,” she said. “He was able to drive himself to the local hospital.”

Once he arrived at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Ore., Bennett was quickly treated and released.

It is believed that the squirrel was not harmed in the incident.

Simpson told CBS Seattle that Bennett owned the gun legally. She also noted that there are no immediate threats of rabies or other illnesses spread by wild animals.

The type of gun used, a .22 caliber rifle, is traditionally owned and used for hunting small game.

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